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A hoverfly or just a fly?

A hoverfly or just a fly?
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Copyright: John Wilburg (Maynayquan) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 0 N: 217] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-05
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-05 5:47
Viewed: 1459
Points: 16
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I captured this fly like species on a stone by a small stream on the Baiyun Hill, Guangzhou. I remember I posted a shot from the front angle with a view of the head and wings. This shot shows the whole body from the top view so that the patterns on the body and the blue purle color of the wings are visible. So far I still don't know its ID. Somebody said it was a hoverfly. Do you think so? Thanks for viewing and comments...

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Just the lines on the abdomen cannot be all conclusive to assume it's a Hoverfy, John. After all, there is such a vast variety of Flies.
All the same, it is a good capture from the rear point of view with sharp focus and natural colours. I also like its shadow on the rock.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao John, great macro of lovely hoverfly with fantastic wings, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-05 6:11]

Very simple frame of this beauty with good lighting, looks like a fly...which one..hard to tell. tfs.

Hi John

I photographed the very same species just last Sunday but yet to post it. Till now I am sure this is a fly from the family Bombyliidae i.e. a Bee fly. Have not been able to identify the exact species though. Anyway your picture from an angle reveals the iridescence on the wings well.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-05 8:46]

Hi John,beautiful bee fly,i like the pose and the colorful light effect on the wings,great details and nice shadow effect too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

hallo John
great composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Mr.John,
Beautiful picture of this specie.I'm not sure whether it's a fly or Hoverfly.But like its sharp image.Nice light and depth.
Thanks for sharing,
Looking forward about this specie from more expart,
Regards and have a nice time,

Ciao John
很漂亮的蒼蠅吧 翅膀發亮
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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